Physicians cut a rug for cancer wellness services
Kate Dalton, DO, selects a partner
You’ve heard of TV’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Now it’s time to get ready for Dancing With the Docs.
Ten local physicians are busy practicing their moves for a fundraiser that will support the Cape Wellness Collaborative (CWC). Each of the 10 doctors has been matched with an experienced local dancer and will train through the winter for the competition.
On March 4, 2017 the 10 dancing couples will strut their stuff (the location for the gala event is still being finalized). Just like the TV show, one couple will come out on top, as decided by a panel of judges. Tickets will go on sale in the near future, and there will be a live auction the night of the event.
“We are beyond thrilled to be working with these doctors,” said Sarah Swain, executive director of the CWC, a local nonprofit that gives free complementary, integrative therapies (including massage, acupuncture, Reiki and nutrition counseling) to people with cancer.
The dancing doctors met their dance floor partners at a recent event at Torino restaurant in Hyannis. They also learned which type of dance they will be twirling to after reaching into a hat to pick their assignment (waltz, tango, etc.).
“It’s a little out of my comfort zone, but I have to do it,” said Jill Oxley, MD. “‘Dancing With the Stars’ is my favorite TV show, and this is a great chance to support what CWC does.”
CWC was founded in September 2014 and started serving clients about a year ago. So far, CWC has provided 140 patients with $40,000 in services, Swain said.
Kate Dalton, DO, is on the CWC’s board of directors. She approached Swain with the idea of doing a Cape Cod version of Dancing With the Docs after hearing about a similar event held elsewhere in the country from a doctor she met at an American Society of Breast Surgeons conference in Dallas last April.
“When I told Sarah the idea, I could see the lightbulb go on,” she said.
Jill Oxley, MD with partner Adam Spencer
A Waiting List of Dancers
Dr. Dalton reached out to colleagues and so many agreed that she has a waiting list for future fundraisers.
“I said, ‘Hey, friends, please consider doing this,’ and everyone was very excited,” she said. “Some are a little nervous, but they know it’s for a good cause.
“I danced as a kid, and I was a gymnast and a diver. I enjoy ballroom dancing, so I’m excited to learn some moves.”
Professional dance instructors Debbie Israel, Doug McHugh, Kimberlee McHugh and Adam Spencer will choreograph the routine for the dancing couples.
“Dancing is a wonderfully healthy thing for everybody, and contributing to cancer patients is very meaningful,” said Spencer.
Husband and wife physicians Marc Fater, MD, and Patti Fater, MD, are looking forward to being part of the production.
“She really likes to dance, but I couldn’t volunteer her without doing it myself,” he joked.
“I’ve never been trained as a dancer, so this will be exciting to have someone show me what to do,” she said.
Each of the participating doctors will rehearse and perform with an experienced local dancer. Here’s the lineup of doctors who will be taking part, along with their dance assignment and partner:
- Jennifer Crook, MD, oncologist (jazz, Alex Valentine)
- Kate Dalton, DO, surgeon (salsa, Tracy Anderson)
- Marc Fater, MD, plastic surgeon (rumba, Kimberlee McHugh)
- Patti Fater, MD, family practitioner (swing, Doug McHugh)
- Jose Fernandez, DC, chiropractor (waltz, Norah Dale Allen)
- Mary Ann Harwood, DO, emergency medicine (country western, Jodi Nolan)
- Jeffrey Martin, MD, oncologist (disco, Rebecca Terkelsen)
- Jill Oxley, MD, surgeon (foxtrot, Adam Spencer)
- Molly Sullivan, MD, oncologist (tango, Pam Wills)
- Darijan Suton, PhD, manager of employee wellness at Cape Cod Hospital (cha-cha, Debbie Israel)
“The doctors are all in capable hands with their partners,” said Spencer. “They’ll all look fantastic by March.”
For more information about Dancing with the Docs Cape Cod, visit the event’s web site or Facebook page.